2009 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Bucher Vineyard 750ml

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2009 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Bucher Vineyard
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International Wine Cellar | 93(+?)

Bright ruby-red. Highly complex nose evokes dried red berries, cherry and potpourri, with exotic spice and herb notes emerging as the wine opens in the glass. Takes on depth with air, showing bitter cherry and black raspberry on the palate. Dusty tannins add grip to very long, intense finish, which features a late note of refreshingly bitter blood orange. This definitely deserves patience.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 156

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Wine Advocate | 88

The 2009 Pinot Noir Bucher Vineyard shows good up-front intensity, but then loses a measure of persistence on the mid-palate and finish. This is a rather dark, brooding wine, but it never fully comes together in the glass. Tar, smoke and licorice are some of the notes that struggle to fully emerge in the glass.

Drink Dates: 2012-2017
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 199

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Wine Spectator | 88

This spicy Pinot delivers loamy earth flavors, with a touch of herbaceousness folded over the ripe blueberry, sage and savory notes.

Drink Dates: 2013-2021
Author: James Laube


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Drink Dates: 2011-2019
Author: Elizabeth Grubel


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Score: 88
Author: Mister45
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 11/26/2011
Was a little disappointed with this wine. Maybe it's too young, but this showed way too much acid, and was not balanced . There was a lot of punch, but the overall smoky flavors threw me off. Maybe it just did not hit my palate.
More Vintages and Sizes of Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Bucher Vineyard:

2012 (750ml)
2011 (750ml)
2010 (750ml)
2008 (750ml)

About This Producer


The emergence of Williams Selyem as one of California's Pinot Noir leaders is an improbable success story. Founders Burt Williams and Ed Selyem started making wine under the Hacienda del Rio Winery label in a garage in Fulton. Their first wine was a 1981 Zinfandel, but very soon after they began their quest for great Pinot Noir. By the late 1980s, Williams had retired as a typesetter and Selyem had left his job as a wine retailer, and they devoted themselves full-time to winemaking. In 1997, John Dyson bought the winery with plans of planting a 20-acre Russian River vineyard and gradually expanded production. Williams continued to make wine into 2000, after which time Bob Cabral, formerly of Alderbrook and Hartford Court, took over as Executive winemaker.

Quality across the board is exceptionally high, with especially notable Pinot Noirs. There are no secrets to Williams Selyem's success: they seek low yield, fully ripened grapes from superb vineyard sources.

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